Wolfhounds Grind Out Derby Win

The storied Hounds v Boston rivalry resumed again on Saturday at the Irish Cultural Center, under a colorful New England vista the combatants produced a fine game for the large attendance.

A dynamite start off the opening kickoff produced an excellent try for the diminutive Sam Grant off an electric run and pass from debutant Dustin Cooper.


This opening score seemed to take the edge off the Hounds play though and the spent a frustrating twenty minutes conceding penalties and scores to a hard nosed Boston team.


After conceding a try and a couple of penalties to the men in black, it took a Paddy Owens three pointer to settle the nerves again.


The action was coming thick and fast now with the Hounds tight five coming to the fore in the set piece, Amaral, Goodard and McCraan in the front row put in an especially strong performance.


Then came another excellent try which started with the half break from the skipper Tom Walsh skillfully offloading to a charging Austen.


A series of excellent close passes later and Danny Collins applied the Coup De Grace under the Boston posts.


The feel good factor didn’t last long though with some green team indiscipline punished by the excellent right foot of Boston’s Richie Lobe.


After stopping themselves from continuing to shoot themselves in the foot the Hounds started to apply intense pressure as the first half minutes started to wind down.


After knocking on the door several times, the home team finally scored a good try stemming from a strong maul from the forwards which led to quick hands in the back line and a good finish in the corner.


The second half brought a rejuvenated Boston back to the field, they ran hard in support and crossed early to regain the lead.


Nerves were taught and nails were bitten down to a nub as the heroes in green summoned themselves for a fight to the last. Peter Lupton with a huge hit on the Boston twelve seemed to be a turning point and just like that the Green Machine sprung into life.


With veterans Peter Lennon and Adam Thomas to the fore, and super sub Stu Abbot playing a leading role the Hounds started to turn the screw.


All the pressure paid off in spades when a great passing movement started by a huge skip pass by Owens to Abbott who slipped a nice pass to the “wild bull of the pampas” Alex Verds to score in the corner.


Most satisfying for the author was watching the nous used by our halfbacks in closing the game out, fine tactical kicking kept Boston pinned back in their own half.


The final score line of 32-22 did not flatter the Hounds and it was a sight for sore eyes to see the joy in players and supporters alike for a famous win.

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